The Lagos State Government has stated that it was concentrating on the provision of adequate transport infrastructure as a way of alleviating poverty in the state.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, disclosed this on Friday while giving an account of his Ministry’s performance in the last one year, saying the state transport company, LAGBUS, moved a total of 51 million Lagosians from one end to the other within the last one year.
He however maintained that though commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as “okada” as well as tricycle operators have not been banned in the state but restricted to some routes, they have no way in the state’s transportation plan . He stressed that “the transportation policy of Lagos State is to use mass transit to move people from one place to the other.”
The commissioner said the focus of his ministry in the 2012/13 year “is to ensure that we have safer roads and keep Lagos moving with pride, dignity and honour.”
He particularly praised the efforts of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), saying the agency remains the cornerstone of public policy in the country, disclosing that many states are now requesting to replicate what Lagos is doing in their states.
He listed the achievements of his Ministry in the last 12 months to include the efforts in pavement markings, provision of traffic signal lights, bus lay-bys and bus shelters, saying about 70 roads have been pave marked across the state so far.
The commissioner also said that zebra/pedestrian crossings have been designated along the roads to aid and determine where people can cross the road while traffic signal lights are becoming more functional.
“We’ve maintained 87 traffic lights and we are embarking on 30 intelligent signal lights equipped with cameras and traffic activation. We’ve also developed a manual to show how traffic lights and we are experimenting with 11 traffic lights,” he said.
According to Opeifa, “Transportation is an all-encompassing sector as it has an important role to play in the economy, linking all the factors of production. Efficient transportation is key to economic development.
“The Ministry of Transportation has focused more on the provision of transport infrastructure as our contribution to poverty alleviation. Lagos has to be the hub of the economy; therefore we are committed to ensuring that all infrastructures are in place.”